GPI Bans Pasqualini and Rossi for Alleged Partouche Cheating Video

GPI logo

The Global Poker Index has banned two French poker players in light of cheating allegations at the 2009 Partouche Poker Tour final table.

Jean-Paul Pasqualini and Cederic Rossi will no longer be included in the GPI's live poker tournament rankings.

A video compilation of 18 hands played by Pasqualini and Rossi was posted roughly two weeks ago by Nordine Bouya, another French player.

The hands provide compelling evidence that the two players were using hand signals to communicate their hole cards to one another.

The video has since gone viral online and today the GPI took action and banned them from its worldwide poker rankings.

Global Poker Index CEO Alex Dreyfus released a blog post elaborating on the announcement. Here is an excerpt:

Recently, some information was made public about a very suspicious incident of cheating, which in poker is equivalent to fraud. We spent a lot of time analyzing the facts, checking the accuracy of the video and its sources. We also solicited the point of view of the GPI’s top 50 players.

The feedback from the industry and the players has been very clear - they were in support of suspending Jean-Paul Pasqualini and Cedric Rossi from inclusion in the Global Poker Index.

By taking this action, we are not claiming that we know they cheated – this is up to the casinos and the overseeing regulatory bodies to decide. What we are convinced of is that there wasn’t fairness at the table. Unfair behavior will not be promoted via the Global Poker Index. It goes against everything I’m trying to do to promote poker, players and events.

Here is the video compilation that led to Pasqualini and Rossi being banned from the GPI.


You May Also Like

assets/photos/_resampled/croppedimage12580-RyderCupTrophy.jpg

What Poker Can Learn From The Ryder Cup

The first time I watched a football match was in 1982.(25)

09 October 2014
assets/photos/_resampled/croppedimage12580-IMG6417.JPG

Hand of the Week: Antonius Picks Off Ballsy $300k Bluff By Polk

As the 2014 World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific picks up steam in Melbourne we've been reminded of some great action from the Crown Casino earlier in...(25)

03 October 2014
assets/photos/_resampled/croppedimage12580-Ivey60Mins.png

Daily 3-Bet: 60 Minutes Ivey, Hinkle Air Hump, Best of British Poker

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is an empty beer bottle, a seat in the nosebleeds and 15 or so seconds of unabashed afternoon poker news homerism.(25)

01 October 2014
assets/photos/_resampled/croppedimage12580-5030-Gavin-Smith.jpg

Daily 3-Bet: Holz Belief, Rudd Gets It Quietly, Bacon-Wrapped Poker

The PokerListings Daily 3-Bet is a hand mirror, a simple daily affirmation and an unlimited supply of afternoon poker news self-belief.(25)

30 September 2014

Please fill the required fields correctly!

Error saving comment!

You need to wait 3 minutes before posting another comment.

Comment added. Thank you!

No Comments